Georgetown Waterfront

Photo of a park canopy overlooking the Georgetown Waterfront

Georgetown was originally a bustling tobacco port, a gritty place with wharves and rowdy taverns. After the Potomac River silted up, however, the tobacco trade dwindled and Georgetown’s economy required a new engine to drive it. This came in the form of mills constructed along the waterfront. You’ll see what has become of them on this walk. First, though, stroll past the little houses resided in by the waterfront inhabitants. Lock #3 of the C & O Canal comes next, followed by a panoramic view from the edge of the Potomac River. A tiny neighborhood once called “Brickyard Hill” now boasts a luxury hotel constructed around a former incinerator. Alley life is revealed with a trek into Cherry Hill. Then peek inside what was once Georgetown’s public market. We’ll conclude with a walk through Cady’s Alley, Georgetown’s enclave for swank home design and furnishings.


"The guide was excellent and the walking pace was very good." - Goldstar reviewer


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CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.


Also available for private and group tour bookings. Please email for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants.

$35 per person for public tours

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Embarks from the little park located at the intersection of 28th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.
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